On Wednesday, Ivo Karlovic beat Yuichi Sugita 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in four-and-a-half hours to become the oldest player in the third round of the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall in 1978, 40 years ago.
The Croatian player, who will turn 39 next month, fired 53 aces in a very close battle. 'I'm happy but also very tired,' said Karlovic, as quoted by Reuters. 'I was already feeling it at the beginning of the third set but I just focused on my serve.' After a poor 2017 season where he played just 35 matches, Karlovic aims to bounce back in 2018.
His passion pushes him to keep going: 'I still like it, that's why I'm still here and doing it. We'll see how much longer I carry on.' On Friday, he will face Andreas Seppi in the third round.
'It's going to be very tough because he returns unbelievably,' Karlovic said about his next opponent. 'I will try to play my game and we will see. It's going to be very hot and that will make my serve a little faster.
But it will not be easy.' ALSO READ: Maria Sharapova: 'I should be playing and beating players on hot streak' .